Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. On its website you will find articles, podcasts, opinion pieces, discussion trails and news stories. GovShop is its platform for finding and connecting suppliers with the public sector market.

Recent highlights include:

Evolving the network platform: why closure of CAS(T) matters

The recent announcement from the National Cyber Security Centre regarding the closure of the security assurance standard CESG Assured Service (Telecommunications) or CAS(T) scheme over the next six months ‘is a defining point in the assurance of telecoms networks within the UK.’ Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure and services to the UK public sector, explains what this means for good commercial practice for cyber security in the face of the scheme being closed, with no new entrants nor renewals.

Revisiting Procurement in the City That Never Sleeps

As the rate of technology change has outpaced the public sector, many organisations find themselves with bits and pieces of disparate digital utility and no central organisational schema. Within the US public sector exists a workforce that won’t accept the status quo, and who have taken advantage of opportunities to create digitisation strategies that tie together the loose ends and put them on the path to e-procurement. Public Spend Forum founder and Chief Product Officer of GovShop Raj Sharma sat down with two officials credited with this digital transformation to better understand what is possible when you have dedicated people, the right plan, and the best technology partner in the e-procurement business.


And in other news …

India to sign over $7 billion defence deal with US to procure combat drones

Public Sector Breach Threats and Perceived Value of Data

UK Gov needs to strengthen its contracts for social good

The Procure Framework Partnership goes live nationwide

Whitehall initiative to “transform public sector purchasing …” scrapped a year after decision to contract Amazon

Health Education England’s chief executive is leaving

Whitehall buyers are selecting suppliers before going out to tender, says ex-CIO

UK Gov set to approve £4bn takeover of British defence firm Cobham by Advent after US PE group offered to address national security concerns

UK healthcare firms ramp up cyber security spending

Portuguese Lousada wins 2019 Transformative Action Award 

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